It was a wild and windy day when we set off from the small fishing port of Seahouses, heading south along the coast. Britain was currently enduring the Beast From The East 2. Like Grease 2, it was the sequel that nobody wanted. As the seagulls' cries were deadened by the howl of the wind and the crashing of the waves against the harbour walls, we congratulated ourselves on our choice of such an atmospheric day to enjoy the scenery.
This is a very scenic walk from the heart of the Derbyshire spa town of Buxton to Whaley Bridge, through the beautiful Goyt Valley. Our route includes beautiful views of the moorland and forests surrounding Errwood and Fernilee reservoirs, before following the course of the River Goyt as it meanders through the valley towards the friendly pubs and restaurants of Whaley Bridge.
This was an epic day's walking, not in terms of distance or difficulty, but in terms of the natural beauty of the landscape and the challenge thrown down by the elements. It probably serves as a reminder that things don't always go to plan.
The idea was to combine a walk around Buttermere with a climb of the modest but celebrated Haystacks. This was a solo trip; just me and my camera. Even that bit didn't go to plan.
So, here's the intended route details and we'll see what happened.
This is a very adaptable route, as it works really well as either a leisurely walk around beautifully scenic reservoirs and dams, as a kid-friendly family bike ride, or as a quick blast on a mountain bike. I've tried all three versions and loved them all. It's a fantastic route on which to soak up some very special history within beautiful, forested valleys. Stories of daring air-raids, tin towns and lost villages all lend a special atmosphere.
So, the basic information is as follows:-
This had all the elements of a classic January walk; Gorgeous scenery, great pubs, lots of mud, flooded riverbanks, and a final mile in total darkness (due to getting a bit too comfortable in the great pubs).
Our starting point was the village of Litton, set amidst the rolling hills of the White Peak in the Derbyshire Peak District. Our journey involved a train to Buxton, followed by a quick jump on the 65 bus to Litton.
There is plenty of the parking in the village if you prefer to travel under your own steam.